Assessments in JumpRope (sometimes called Assignments or Evidence) are simply student learning activities (classwork, homework, projects, quizzes, tests, observations, presentations, papers, etc.) that give you evidence of student mastery on one or more of your standards. Every assessment must be aligned to one or more standards, or you won't be able to enter a score (remember, we're mastery-based to the core). For every aligned standard, you'll have the opportunity to enter a separately score (students may do well on grammar but write a poor thesis statement within the same paper).
To create assessments, you must first create a unit and at least one standard. From the Plan tab, click the title of the unit to which you'd like to add an assessment, and then advance to step 3 of the Plan tab:
Once in step 3 of the Plan tab, you can create as many assessments in the *center* list as you'd like. To do so, click on the New Assessment button (it will be at the bottom of the list if you've already created assessments) and select an assessment type:
- NOTE: You can customize your assessment types instead of using the defaults! Check out this article:
A placeholder will show up for your new assessment. Click the title and add a title. From the list of standards on the left (with your assessment selected and highlighted in green), tick off the checkboxes for the standards that are aligned to the assessment. A standard should be aligned if the assessment gives you evidence of student learning for that particular standard. You must also tell JumpRope the due date for the assessment, and have the chance to adjust the assessment weight:
The due date is required because several of JumpRope's calculation types depend on the order in which assessments were given in order to calculate growth over time and learning trends.
The system of weights in JumpRope is a relative weight system. This is somewhat different than most traditional gradebooks, which have you specify weights in terms of "20% comes from homework, 40% from tests." The relative weight system takes some getting used to, but it's actually even easier to use (things don't have to add up to 100% or any other particular value) and even more powerful (individual assessments can be weighed as opposed to categories). It might be worth reading the full run-down of how assessment weights work in this article: http://support.jumpro.pe/hc/en-us/articles/200437754
Finally, assessments have some advanced features and options available within the Advanced Settings button in the Plan tab when the assessment is selected:
- Description. This optional text field lets you describe the assessment in more detail than the title. This can optionally be printed on reports (usually it isn't), but it's also used in the Student & Parent Portal when displaying upcoming assessments to students. You can use it to describe directions to students who are hoping to complete the assessment.
- Published. All assessments are published by default. Un-publishing an assessment hides it from all reports (and the scores will not calculated into mastery). It can be useful if you decide to remove an assessment from the calculation or if you're still working on entering scores for a large project / paper and don't want students to be able to access the data in real time during the grading phase.
- Show as Upcoming. Checking this box and entering an "expiration date" will allows students and parents (who are enrolled in courses that are associated with the parent unit) to see this assessment as "upcoming work" along with the description and any attachments. Learn more here: http://support.jumpro.pe/hc/en-us/articles/200058609
- Context (available as a sub-tab at the top of the assessment advanced settings dialog). This allows you to capture and store contextual information about the assignment. This is not displayed to students or parents, but is shared with other teachers if you share or clone the unit. This can be useful when keeping your curriculum organized in JumpRope, and may eventually be search-able.